ANDERSON, ELLEN CRIM (1856-1942) ~ Ellen Crim Anderson was born July 1, 1856, in North Carolina to Jacob Crim of South Carolina and Mary Ann Clark of North Carolina. They had three other children: Sarah, born in 1844; Charles R., born in 1849; and John, born in 1852. Ellen's father Jacob died sometime before 1860, presumedly in Lexington County, South Carolina. Jacob left Mary and their children to work the farm. Assumedly, this task became quite hard and Mary may have sold the farm. Mary is shown in 1860, to be working for the Geiger family in Lexington County, South Carolina on their plantation. Between the years of 1860 and 1869, Mary took her family to Texas and settled in Burleson County. Mary ran the house with the help of her two daughters, Sarah and Ellen, while her sons worked as farm hands. By 1880, the Crim's moved one county over to Lee County, Texas and presumedly this is where Mary, Ellen's mother, passed away.
It is not known what Ellen did from 1880 to 1899. On February 12, 1900, however, she married Dr. George McDuffie Anderson there in Lee County, Texas. George, who was born in Georgia in March of 1837, was living in Early County, Octavia, Georgia when the Civil War broke out. He went to Atlanta, Georgia where he enlisted in Company A 7th Georgia Regiment Infantry and served until the close of the war, literally, for he was present at the surrender at Appamattox Courthouse. It is not known if George became a physician after the war or if the war interrupted his studies. George may have returned to Georgia to finish his studies between 1865 and 1869; however, he is shown on the 1870 Milam County Census working as a doctor and married to a woman named Sallie. George and Sallie had no children and it is not known whether Sallie died or they divorced. George and Ellen had no children either and were married for eleven years before George passed away on August 18, 1911, in Lee County, Texas. He is presumedly buried at Tanglewood Cemetery.
Ellen, now a widow, assumedly moved to Milam County, Rockdale, Texas to live with some friends by the name of McVoy. Mr. McVoy was apparently the Justice of the Peace when Ellen entered the Women's Home for it is him she wished to have contacted in case of sickness or death. Ellen may have lived with the McVoy's up until she started to draw George's pension from the state and she is shown living by herself back in Lee County, Texas on the 1930 Census.
On August 3, 1941, Ellen was no longer able to care for herself and moved into the Confederate Women's Home in Austin, Texas. Before her death, she requested that she be interred in the State Cemetery for she did not want to move from one place to the other after death. After being in the home for only a little over eight months, Ellen passed away on April 25, 1942, and was interred in the State Cemetery the same day.
The following information was provided by a descendent of Ellen Anderson.
"During the 1890s, Ellen Crim was housekeeper for the Anderson family. She married G. M. Anderson on February 12, 1900. Dr. George McDuff (McDuffie, McDuffey) Anderson was born in Newnan, Coweta Co, Georgia on March 26, 1837. He was living in 1860 in Newnan, Coweta Co, Georgia with his mother Elizabeth and his sister Anna; as he was also there in 1850. He is listed as a physician in 1860. He enlisted in Company A 7th Georgia Regiment Infantry also known as the Coweta Guards in 1861. He was discharged in 1864, reenlisted in early 1865 and finally surrendered at Appamattox. In the AMA obituary, he was listed as a graduate in 1874 of the Atlanta Medical College. It notes that he was a physician and surgeon during the civil war. In 1870, he was in Texas and had married Sallie A. (Sophie) Richards, daughter of William Thomas Jefferson and Anna Richards. They had four children?George Raphael Simms Anderson (1875), William Samuel Frank Anderson (1876), Charles David Paul Anderson (1878) and Bessie Fay Templeton Anderson (1881). After Sallie's death between 1890 and 1895, Ellen Crim became the family housekeeper to assist with the household. They married in 1900 and lived together until his death in Tanglewood on July 18, 1912. He is buried at Hugh Wilson Cemetery in Tanglewood and has a Confederate marker."
Sources: Death Certificate file number 337; Widow's Pension Application #43239; Entry Sheet for Texas Confederate Women's Home; 1860 US Census Lexington, South Carolina; 1860 US Census Early County, Georgia; 1870 US Census Burleson County, Texas; 1870 US Census Milam County, Texas; 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1930, US Census Records Lee County, Texas